Austin is a wonderland of well-turned-out guys of the lanky “I’m not trying to be a cool as I look” sort.
But even among these, the phalanx of handsome rockers that is Hey Marseilles stands out. They assured me there is no height requirement to be in the band—and offered their drummer (who is, I’d say, 5’10″ in any case)—as evidence, but I’m not sure I believe them.
Anyway, they are in town touring behind their new album, Lines We Trace, which they recorded at various locations around the Seattle area, including Avast and Bear Creek studios.
This is the band’s fourth trip to SXSW and by now they’re seasoned vets—evidenced by trumpeter Aham Olou’s stated goal of picking up “a free backpack to hold all my free backpacks.” (There is a lot of free stuff here, especially sunglasses.)
Their official showcase is Saturday at 1 a.m., but in the mean time, they’re playing a set at Whole Foods tomorrow afternoon (concerts at Whole Foods are not weird in this context, apparently).
“Last year we played at TGI Friday’s,” noted violist Jacob Anderson.
“It’s taken us four years to get to play Whole Foods,” added lead vocalist and guitar player Matt Bishop.
(I didn’t get a chance to ask them what it is they want to ask Marseilles once they get its attention.)